Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner

Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins—adults—named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, I said kidnapped. Wouldn't it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so. Luckily for you, this is just the first in a series perfect for boys and girls who are smart, clever, and funny (just like the twins), and enjoy reading adventurous stories (who doesn't?!).

E-galley received for review.

I really liked the idea of this and was excited to receive it for review but the execution left much to be desired.  Granted, I did receive it in e-galley form which I read on my iPad, but various unfinished artwork and such does not affect the story itself and the story was sadly lacking.

I wasn't particularly impressed with the characters, who were rather bland, or the "narrator" who was actually more than a bit annoying rather than amusing which was what the author was going for.  It felt like it was trying too hard to provide the energy,humor, and pace of a Lemony Snicket and it frankly just fell short.  Very, very short.

What the story sadly lacked was somewhat compensated for but the lovely illustrations by Jeremy Holmes. but overall I'd have to recommend a pass on this one unless you are really desperate for something new and have literally nothing else to read.

☆☆= Just Okay


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

the illustrations look adorable! sorry it was a bit of a disappointment though.

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